|Audouin's Gull Gaviota de Audouin Larus audouinii|
Welcomed to the site by a handful of Monk Parakeet I had a fly-over by a small flock of Spotless Starlings and the usual few Rock Doves below the motorway bridge. A single Moorhen was seen close to the bank down stream from the bridge and, on approaching the eastern arm, a massive flock of Black-headed accompanied by a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls headed towards the sea and/or the Laguna Grande (see later). Once at the Laguna Casillas it took some work to find a couple of female Mallard and the pair of Little Grebe,their two chicks had appeared by the time I returned from a walk to the Old River, but mainly many Coot. However, there were four Little Egret resting in a bare tree at the back. Not a single White-headed Duck to be seen or, indeed, on any of the other waters and this must surely be a first for me.
Moving on to the Wader Pool no sign of the Pacific Golden Plover,as already stated, but two dozen Black-winged Stilts along with the remaining juvenile Lapwing. Still a good presence of Little Ringed Plover, mainly juveniles, along with passing Collared Doves and a couple of House Martins. A little excitement on the water as the Booted Eagle passed overhead and then on to take a long look at the Rio Viejo (Old River). A few more Black-winged Stilts along with a very small number of Dunlin, Ringed and Kentish Plovers. Eventually, I also found the handful of resting Sanderling on the far side of the water.
|Very distant Booted eagle Aguililla Calzada Hieraaetus pennatus|
making my way back I managed to find a single Spotted Flycatcher in the bushes and a Heron slowly flapped over. Adding a Zitting Cisticola I duly arrived at the Laguna Escondida where, once again, all seemed very quiet with just a small number of Coot and a couple of Pochard at the far end. A pair of Barn Swallows put in a very brief appearance but nothing else.
|Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus with Black-headed Gaviota Reidora Larus ridibundus and Audouin's Gull Gaviota de Audouin Larus audouinii|
|Flamingos Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus, Gulls and Black-winged Stilts|
|Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus with Black-winged Stilts Himantopus himantopus|
Mallard, Pochard, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Booted Eagle, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Lapwing, Sanderling, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Lesser Back-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Zitting Cisticola, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow.
|Juvenile Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
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